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tonight on "world news." one on one. governor mitt romney under pressure and facing our david muir tonight. and his new problem in the crucial state of ohio. what a lot of women now say they're going to the other side. holiday hiring. americans line up for hundreds of thousands of jobs. we'll tell you who is hiring, how much and what it takes to keep those jobs after the new year. food fight. kids in open rebellion against those new healthy lunches at school asking for food they like to eat. so what would you do about this? kids dumping their vegetables. and adults only. our exclusive interview with the woman who put kids under her spell. now she thinks she has the secret of what adults crave. what is it? and can she make magic again?
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good evening. we saw the two men who want to be president pour it on today, in the same state, same time. it's the must-win battleground state of ohio and 41 days before your voice, your vote. president obama campaigning there as well as the challenger under so much pressure. today abc's david muir went one-on-one with mitt romney not long ago and he's here now. david. >> reporter: diane, good evening from ohio where i did talk with the governor moments ago. i asked about the brand-new poll numbers out today and they were not good. a reality check for the romney campaign. i asked the governor whether or not that secretly recorded video in front of those wealthy donors is playing a role in bringing those numbers down. >> we'll win ohio again. >> we'll finish what we started. >> we'll win in ohio. thank you so much, let's take back america.
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>> reporter: call it the buckeye brawl. perhaps the biggest punch from the newest poll. romney trailing president obama by 10 points in ohio. down by 9 points in florida. just before we came on the air we asked the governor about those numbers. >> curious about what your would say to some of your supporter, your donors who might be concerned that this could be slipping away? >> i'm pleased with some polls. polls go up and some go down. >> there's some that believe this is a reflection of that videotape last week. you were talking to donors, talking about the 47%. >> my job is not to worry about those people. >> you said my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility. i'm curious who exactly you're talking about there? >> i think if you look at the national polls you see i'm tied in the national polls. >> reporter: you said people you couldn't convince to take greater responsibility.
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those are heavy words. >> it's a political process. i don't expect to get 100% of the vote. i hope to get 50-plus percent and make sure i become the next president. >> reporter: in the wake of that video romney out with a new ad. straight to come were. >> president obama and i care about poor and middle class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: tonight the president continued to take aim. >> i don't believe we can get very far with leaders who might off half the nation with a bunch of victims who never take responsibility for their own lives. i don't see a lot of victims. i see hard-working ohioans. that's what i see. >> reporter: also revealed in the new poll a huge deficit for romney among women. the president with a 20-point lead in ohio, a 20-point lead in florida. we asked about his most powerful surrogate his wife. >> we heard from your wife, ann who responded to criticism within your own party. >> stop it. this is hard. you want to try it get in the ring. >> i know you've been in the
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ring before. you've heard it all before. you heard your wife that fired up about the incoming fire. i think it's what you say to your wife. >> ann is a very strong character. she doesn't like when people go after me. but i'm just fine. i got broad shoulders. >> reporter: about that criticism from within their own party, i did ask the governor if there's any changes in store at his campaign. he said we're always tweaking message but no changes as far as staffing is concerned. as we were taking off the microphones he joked if there's a change at the top it's going to be my wife i put in charge. >> thank you so much. david muir reporting from ohio tonight. now we turn to a big boost in holiday hiring which could mean extra money for american families. there's a new report predicting a spike in the way consumers spend over the holidays on average spending $40 more this holiday season which means companies said they are ready to hire hundreds of thousand of people to help them. we asked abc's cecilia vega how
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much those new jobs would pay and what you have to do to keep the job next year. >> reporter: just about everyone in line at this los angeles job fair today was clinging to two things, a resume and hope. >> how long have you been out of work? >> eight months now. >> wow. >> it's been hitting pretty hard. anything you can get your hands on you have to take it. >> reporter: but for the unemployed. the gifts may be coming early this year. as many as 700,000 seasonal jobs around the country will be up for grabs in preparation for what may beet best holiday hiring season in five years. some of the biggest names in retail are already accepting applications. kohl's expect to hire 52,000 workers, a whopping 10,000 more jobs than last holiday season. at walmart. 50,000 jobs. 45,000 at toys are you. up 5,000 from last year and 90,000 jobs at target. >> what we're seeing are
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retailers placing big bets. jobs that earn about $7 an hour mean ace paycheck more than $5,000 by the end of the holiday crush. it may not be much to live on but it's a dream come true. but for laid-off call center worker, it's a dream come true. >> something for the holiday, extra income, pay off a credit card or something like that. for some those jobs stayed permanent. toys "r" us kept 16%. target 30%. nearly 30,000 people. >> i actually applied at target. i hope i get at least a callback from them too. >> reporter: fingers crossed. >> yes. >> reporter: finger crossed. if you want one of these jobs you have to apply now. many will be swooped up by the end of october well in advance of black friday. diane, here's the other thing. if people work hard and make a good impression, these jobs there's for the taking. they could become permanent jobs not just temporary jobs. >> those are big numbers.
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this, so much, cecilia vega. now we head overseas to europe because the protests back in greece a reaction to a new round of austerity cuts. as that country tries climb out much its economic hole. police fired tear gas, protesters with petroleum bombs set sidewalks ablaze. and also in spain there were tens of thousand of deamon traitor traitors taking to the the streets and shutting down traffic in madrid. from fiery protests overseas to the united nations here, a strangely subdued iranian president ahmadinejad. 35 minutes at the podium at the u.n. as usual the u.s. and israel refuse to sit and listen. you can see the empty seats. this time ahmadinejad made no mention of iran's nuclear program and on this, the holiest day of the year in jewish faith. yom kippur. he uttered only a vague reference to israel as, quote,
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uncivilized. >> and last night we told you of the wildly controversial call on the football field and those replacement referees being blamed. tonight there's word the professional referees could be back, the nfl lookout could be ending. how soon? abc's dan hairs has the latest. >> reporter: in the aftermath of the bad call heard around the world, the league and the referees union reportedly held an 18-hour negotiating session -- and tonight, according to our sister network, espn, a deal is quote, "at hand." that late-game debacle -- that hail mary, the scramble in the end zone, and the two replacement refs making totally different calls -- >> this is comical to me. >> reporter: the touchdown that really looked like an interception, but let seattle beat green bay. it infuriated everyone from the announcers, to the fans, to the players, and tonight it appears to be what finally brought the powerful nfl owners and
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referee's union to this possible deal. the refs have been locked out since june in a dispute over compensation and the power to bench bad referees. but the replacement refs brought in by the league proved infinitely worse and made the fans miss the regular refs who are usually taken for granted. >> last three weeks we're focusing on the officials. that's the wrong thing to look at. it's obvious, people watch football games and say how many bad calls are these officials going to make? that's the problem right now. >> reporter: according to our friends at espn, if a deal gets done today, there are refs ready to go for tomorrow night's browns/ravens game. if the deal gets done in the next 24 hours the rest of the refs could be on the field sunday. either way the refs taken for granted no longer. thank you so much. dan. now we turn to an uprising in the school cafeteria.
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schools say healthy lunches now mandated under federal guidelines are leaving them hungry. the new menu is supposed to help fight obesity but the kids are fighting back with a song and raising questions what's enough. we want to know what's happening with the lunches they're getting. abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila, has more. >> it's a lunch room revolt. ♪ i need to get some food today ♪ >> reporter: students and teachers at this kansas high school, creating a viral video protesting of the new calorie-cutting menus in their cafeteria. they say they're just not getting enough to eat. ♪ we are hungry >> reporter: their complaint new usda school lunch guidelines, rolled out this fall, limiting calories to fight the obesity epidemic among america's youth. the new nutritionist recommended rules restrict elementary schoolers to 650 calorie, 700
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for middle school and 850 for high school. today you may find pizza, chicken nuggets and french fries but not every day. you now half of each place must be filled with vegetables and fruit plus milk and fruit smoothie on every tray. in some schools the amount of food thrown out is shocking. >> reporter: this month we visited a school in suburban chicago, where high schoolers analyzed their lunch. shocked to find 46 boxes of pears. >> they're all unopened. >> reporter: the week before, all 111 vegetable containers served were thrown away. >> schools tell us they've seen the 50% of increase in lunch in dash. >> too healthy almost. >> reporter: the usda says the new menus are working in some schools and rules are long overdue. >> this is about our children and health of our children and making sure we do a good job providing fruits and vegetables and low fat dairy and whole grains. why? because they're at risk of being obese.
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>> reporter: despite the calorie limit, students can get seconds of fruit and vegetables. the challenge for america's lunch lady is get the kids to eat it. jim avila, abc news, bristol, virginia. there was a kind of miracle at jfk airport today. the plane from rio de janeiro, approached the runway. the landing gear on the nose suddenly failed. panicked, cry passengers braced for a crash when amazingly the gear suddenly locked into place in the right position. the jet landed, no one hurt. a member of the disaster response team said it was if the hand of god turned that wheel. still ahead on "world news," our exclusive with the creator of "harry potter" she cracked the code for what kids want. has she done it again? this time for adults. epidation,
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not quite knowing what the next phase was going to be, you know, because you been, you know, this is what you had been doing. you know, working, working, working, working, working, working. and now you're talking about, well you know, i won't be, and i get the chance to spend more time with my wife and my kids. it's my world. that's my world. ♪
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"harry potter" universe, j.k. rowling's creation, has spellbound millions. but now rowling is leaving the wizarding world behind for a decidedly adult novel called "the casual vacancy." but she hasn't abandoned her guiding values. you said about "harry potter," that at the end, love won out. what wins out here in "vacancy"? >> the absence of love certainly causes some very profound problems in the book. the two things that obsess me are morality and mortality. and clearly that was "harry potter." and in a very, very different, it's also "the casual vacancy." >> reporter: you've gone -- it seems to me -- from the ultimate fantasy to the ultimate reality. >> i have gone from dragons and unicorns and all the fun that's involved in writing that to a book that's intensely personal, that expresses a lot of my
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reality. >> reporter: rowling insists the book isn't a memoir but she did draw on the darker times of her life to craft her characters. >> we have an adult character in the book who has obsessive-compulsive disorder. and these are -- these are things i know from the inside, yeah. >> reporter: the ocd part of it as well? >> when i was in my teens, i had issues with ocd. >> reporter: how did it manifest? >> compulsions. >> like? >> checking things. you know, it's very common. checking, double checking, triple checking. >> reporter: some might wonder why rowling, an almost billionaire, would bother writing another book -- putting her reputation on the line. so how will you decide whether this book is a success? >> it won't sell as many books as "harry potter" because i think lightning doesn't strike twice. but i accepted that a long time ago. >> reporter: her unlikely cautionary tale -- ♪ >> reporter: michael jackson. >> he wanted to do "thriller" again and again and again. and instead of accepting that
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he'd produced one of the best albums of all time -- it's tragic, actually. it's very, very sad that someone with that amount of talent would be chasing that. >> reporter: so instead of chasing harry, rowling said says she has written a book she felt she had to write, asking us to confront the darker side of our humanity and grapple with it. cynthia mcfadden, abc news, edinburgh. you can see more of cynthia's interview tonight on "nightline." and tomorrow on "gma." rowling will read from her new book. coming up, an amazing journey. one little girl's message in a bottle. what they found 10,000 miles away. bottle. what they found 10,000 mile as way. my doctor told me calcium
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songs from more movies than any other singer his age. we learned today he has died at 84. david wright brings us a kind of farewell. ♪ moon river >> reporter: his signature song was from "breakfast at tiffany's." ♪ two drifters in the movie, audrey hepburn sang "moon river." but at the academy awards that year, andy williams made it his own. >> reporter: his big break the steve allen show. which led to his own variety hour. >> what's your name? >> donny. >> reporter: and all those christmas specials. ♪ it's the most wonderful time of the year ♪ >> reporter: he was a life long republican. >> andy williams we'll have to declare your voice a national treasure. >> reporter: but also a good friend of bobby kennedy.
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♪ my eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord ♪ >> reporter: that's andy williams singing at rfk's funeral. ♪ where do i begin to tell the story ♪ ♪ of how great love can be >> reporter: continued to perform well into his 80s at his moon river theater in branson. ♪ moon river white as >> reporter: andy williams was 84. david wright, abc news, hollywood.
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and we thank all of you for joining us for his music tonight. and the rest of our program. we're always here at "nightline" later. we'll see you back here once again tomorrow night. good night. an 11-year-old boy comes home from the hospital in a house he now lives in fear. >> a former human rights commissioner now facing child pornography charge autos and a million dollars for getting pepper sprayed.
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how uc davis is making amendments for how police handled this occupation. >> and nfl replacement ref who blew that call on monday night football. >> i don't know why i got shot. i just got shot. >> thank you. >> and he's not a teenager but is a victim of gang violence in oakland. today, returning home to a neighborhood his family is afraid to live in. >> and this 11-year-old was asleep and bullets tore through that family home, one peergs his liver. tonight it's a bittersweet home coming. >> this is a strife you could say a happy ending. a child coming home safe and sound. but if te


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